Proof Positivity: Presidential Inauguration

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There is a lot going on today and I am going to attempt something that I haven’t done yet, live blogging.  This is going to be tricky.  I have two small children running around it is going to be real tricky.

A study conducted among 3,772 Democrats, Republicans and Independents revealed that the majority of Americans believe that the key issues facing the nation will improve during the next four years with Barack Obama in office.

I think this is something that is across the board.  A lot of people feel the only way to go now is up.

Barack Obama is trying to hold on to his Blackberry.  For security reasons officials want to take it away.  There is no doubt that Barack Obama is the most technologically advanced of all the presidents we’ve had previously.  He has a twitter account and I’m not sure if it’s real or not but a stumble account as well.  He has been putting youtube videos up.  Barack Obama is a generation xer,  my generation.  The generation that was labeled generation do nothing.  In my generation there is a rise in community service.  My generation has become generation do something. 

As I’ve mentioned before community service is part of the reason I continue to do this blog.  I have happily spent my youth on community related projects and I will continue to do so.  Barack Obama supports those same programs that I believe in.  We need to learn to help one another and stop being all about self.

Change to Win’s chair states, “As millions gather across the globe to witness this joyous moment — the swearing in of our nation’s first African-American President Barack Obama — we celebrate as a nation united for hope and change. Today’s inauguration not only marks the beginning of a new presidential administration — it marks the beginning of a new movement. Now we must work together to build on this victory to restore the economy, rebuild the middle class and renew the American Dream.


“America’s workers voted for change and we will mobilize workers and communities to make change that works. Our seven unions and six million members will work with the Obama-Biden administration and new Congress to establish a bold agenda to fix our national health care system, invest in green projects and technologies to help create millions of new, good green jobs, and put working families back on the path of prosperity by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.


“This is our moment — we need to seize the opportunity. If we’re going to revive the American Dream, we have to build an economy that works for everyone. Working families across the country are ready and willing stand united and help enact change that gets our economy back on track now, and for generations to come.”

A feeling of hope fills America and the world as well.  I’ve never seen anything like what we are experiencing in America.  I’ve never seen political products sold in places that aren’t America before.

NBC will begin with the Inauguration at 10:30 AM eastern time and even the MLB is getting in the act .

 It has been 133 years and 26 United States Presidents since Major League Baseball’s National League was officially formed in 1876. To commemorate the storied history of baseball and its place as a social institution,, the official website of Major League Baseball, will offer fans live coverage of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. will begin its coverage with streams of six past Presidential Inaugurations, including John F. Kennedy (1961), Lyndon B. Johnson (1965), Jimmy Carter (1977), Ronald Reagan (1981), George H. W. Bush (1989) and Bill Clinton (1993). Each of these Presidents has participated in the time-honored tradition of the throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.


Following those historic replays, Vinny Micucci and Hal Bodley will host the “ Live Inauguration Special” at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Bodley, who attended his first inauguration in 1949, will provide his unique perspective on the national pastime’s connection to the White House through the recollections of his 50-year journalism career and several visits to the White House, the Oval Office and Air Force One while interviewing six sitting U.S. Presidents. will join the official Inauguration ceremony at 11:30 a.m. (EST) and provide a live stream through its conclusion.

Hulu will also have live coverage. 


I will be updating through out the day and when I have the Inaugural speech that will be posted as well.

8:37 AM Obama family getting ready to leave Blair House.

Obama family running late.

Family chose to keep the rug Laura Bush designed in the oval office.

13 minutes late Obama family left Blair House.

8:49 Arrival at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  This is a prayer service that goes back to Franklin Roosevelt.

The crowd of people is incredible they had been waiting since 4:00AM.

Presidential inauguration happens on hulu in 1 minute.

jcolman  from twitter states “January 20, 2009: We can be the kind of people we always wanted to be. The future starts now.”

Service will last for an hour this is a private event so there will not be much about the prayer service.  I will be back when more is going on.

Cases of Hypothermia being reported in DC.  Emergency services are responding.

girl2008  from twitter says “Laughing. Best name I’ve heard about the inauguration. The Obamarama. 😀 is about 150 feet away from the speech site. from twitter zapposAmazing view at Inauguration, looking towards Washington monument seeing more people together in one place than ever seen before in my life.”

All those with phones will not be able to communicate soon.  Obama family arrives at the White House @ 9:52AM.

Michelle Obama hugs Laura Bush upon entrance to the White House.

Again, the view of the crowd is incredible.  1.2 million is a guestamate of the amount of people there.

tonyfarley  from twitter “I can’t believe the emotions I am feeling this morning. Never before. Pride?, happiness?, hope? All of the above.”

dantompkins   “I’m proud of what is about to happen today. Lot’s of hard work by 1000s of people.”

As you can see lots of pride in America as we get ready to welcome a new president.

If you would like to follow me on twitter feel free.


PhilanthropicThe age of inclusive, empathetic, collaborative and generous leadership is about to begin in the United States of America.”

Senator Kennedy walking out with the assistance of a cane.  10:42AM

Chenney in a wheelchair.  Strained his back packing.

From Joint Center President Ralph B. Everett  “Today we begin a new chapter in the story of America and in the promise it holds for all people.


Two hundred and thirty-three years after our country was founded on bedrock principles of human equality, an African American now occupies the highest elected office in the land. Behind that simple fact are many tales about the arc of our history and the people who have helped bend it toward this moment.


President Barack Obama has already begun to set a new direction to address the enormous burdens that have been placed on his shoulders. But for the rest of us, especially those who never thought they would live to see this day, it is a time to pause and reflect on the wonders of our democracy and the enduring power of the dream that has been carried through the ages from the founding fathers to Dr. King and into the present day. It is a time to teach our children about the new possibilities that are now theirs to behold.


And while the vision of a more perfect union now seems closer to our grasp, our new President has noted that there is a long road ahead of us. At the same time, he has spoken eloquently about a new spirit of service and responsibility in which each American is called upon to look after not only ourselves, but each other. We wholeheartedly endorse that message and pledge to carry it forward in every aspect of our work.”


 President Obama inspired hope and inspiration

“Don’t tell me we can’t change.

Yes, we can. Yes, we can change. Yes, we can.”


The three words “Yes, we can” has reawakened hope for citizens throughout the world, and especially for our youth. Young adults were engaged, interested and involved in this election in unprecedented numbers. To commemorate the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States and to capture the passion of today’s youth, the Fund for the Future of Children, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, invites youth throughout the world to submit an essay or creative response for inclusion in a book project entitled “Something Deeper Happened: Young Voices and the 2008 U.S. Election.”


This is a unique opportunity for anyone ages 25 and under to express how they have been inspired by President Obama and the election, what activities they have begun as a result of the election, or how this election has affected their life plan. Entries may be an essay, poem, image or photograph. Musicians and video artists are invited to submit entries that may be selected for display on the Fund for the Future of Children website.


“Something Deeper Happened: Young Voices and the 2008 U.S. Election” will be sent to President Obama when complete, and profits from book sales will fund youth leadership programs and micro-grants for public service projects awarded to young leaders by the Fund for the Future of Children.


Submissions are due by February 28, 2009.  One entry per person, please. All entries are subject to screening and editing and may be posted on the Fund for the Future of Children’s website. Winners will be notified by March 10, 2009.


More twitter tweets:

jamesbyers Power is about to be transferred. World is watching. The Heavens are rejoicing ummm let me calm down LOL

jeffjam Well, so far my day has been completely unproductive. Too distracted by hope and patriotism and all that.

DoOneGood Did you know that… YES WE CAN!


Barack Obama will be sworn in using the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used.  It seems to me that mass media is trying to compare Barack Obama to so many people they need to understand Barack Obama is his own individual self.

Al Gore seen in the crowd as well as Oprah and  Samuel L. Jackson.

Former President Bush speaks with the Clinton’s.  Jimmy Carter making his way out.

39th president Jimmy Carter and Rosiland announced

George and Barbara Bush announced.

42nd president Bill and Hillary Clinton Announced.

 Biden family announced.

New first children announced.

Luara Bush and Lynn Chenney announced.

Jill Biden and Michelle Obama announced.

President Bush and Vice President Chenny announced.

vice president elect Joe Biden announced.  I’m having one of those moments when I feel so patriotic I want to cry.

President elect Barack Obama announced.  This is a great day for America.

Flags waving ,spectacular!


Aretha Franklin singing “let freedom ring.”

Joe Biden being sworn in for one brief moment we have a democrat as vice and a republican as President.

Barack Obama being sworn in as President of The United States of America

Barack Obama being sworn in as President of The United States of America

Here we go!  Barack Obama is being sworn in!




At this moment I feel pride in my country.

AARP CEO Bill Novelli:

“Americans began this new year recognizing that the world we face today is much different than it was a year — or even six months — ago. Our economy is a complicated mess. Many of our financial and industrial institutions are on life support. Many of the greatest companies in America are running on fumes, and some have come up empty.


“People are losing their jobs, their homes, their health care and their pensions and retirement security that they have worked a lifetime to attain. People have lost confidence and they need help.


“Today we welcome a new era in history and in government. The leadership and decisiveness that the Obama Administration and Congress exhibit over these next few months will have a direct impact on all Americans not only for today, but for decades to come. Despite the challenges we face, we are also presented with a unique opportunity. We can make America better by building a strong economy and increasing jobs; an affordable, quality health care system; and a sound retirement system.


“This is an exciting time. We are faced with a rare opportunity to put America back on track — we have a crisis that demands it, a new Administration and Congress with a mandate for change, and a public ready for change. This is not the time for business as usual. It is the time to demonstrate bold leadership — to take our agenda to the people and our nation’s leaders, to demand change and to work hard to bring about that change. And that’s exactly what we intend to do.


“AARP is prepared to help lead the charge in this effort and share the responsibility we all have in working together to make this happen. We will continue our efforts to advocate with policymakers, to educate the public and to provide resources to individuals no matter what phase of life they might be in.


“AARP recognizes the great challenges – and opportunities – our President faces in the coming months and we wish him the best of luck and support as he enters his presidency.”


 American Muslim leaders yesterday marked the inauguration of President Barack Obama by releasing “peace doves” at a mosque in the nation’s capital. The release of 44 white doves, one for each president, symbolized the American Muslim community’s desire for a more peaceful world and the key role played by presidents in achieving peace based on justice and freedom.

The news I have been presenting through out this post is breaking news and I will continue to present it through the inauguration.

The White House web site has been updated.

a statement by National Association of Realtors(R) President Charles McMillan:

“Today is truly an historic day for our country. On behalf of NAR’s 1.2 million Realtors(R), we welcome the new president and his administration, and pledge to work with him to stabilize the U.S. housing market and set the economy on the road to recovery.


“President Obama has pledged to work with Congress to immediately implement aggressive policies to decrease the number of preventable foreclosures by helping to reduce mortgage payments for responsible homeowners. We welcome President Obama’s efforts on foreclosure prevention and agree that addressing rising foreclosures and strengthening existing home sales and housing initiatives are critical components to a housing and economic recovery.


“NAR will also continue to focus on policies that will help bring buyers back to the market to reduce inventory and stabilize home prices. This is the only way to successfully improve and sustain the housing market and the nation’s economy.


“The president has a tough job ahead of him with many hurdles. NAR looks forward to working with President Obama and his team, and to quickly move forward with meaningful legislation and policies to help make homeownership once again a part of the great American dream.”

Inaugural Speech

 President Barack Obama:

“My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far–reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.


We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God–given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.


In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short–cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk–takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

statement by Secretary Tom Ridge on the inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s 44th president:


“This is a celebratory day for all Americans as we join together to congratulate Barack Obama on his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States.


“Now may the spirit of unity evoked in President Obama’s inaugural address inspire collective effort throughout the halls of government, across this great nation and with our friends and allies around the world.


“As leaders and as citizens, let us support our new president and remind ourselves that we are stronger when we work together to achieve a secure and more prosperous country.”


This concludes my broadcast When I have it I will be posting the inauguration in it’s entirety.  I can’t believe I pulled this off.  Yeah!  I have spent my entire morning on the computer and it was worth it.  If you enjoy the read please leave a comment.